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keep

verb /kiːp/ ( past tense, past participle kept /kept/)
to have for a very long or indefinite period of time
guardar
He gave me the picture to keep.
not to give or throw away; to preserve
guardar
I kept the most interesting books Can you keep a secret?
to (cause to) remain in a certain state or position
mantener, conservar
I keep this gun loaded How do you keep cool in this heat? Will you keep me informed of what happens?
to go on (performing or repeating a certain action)
continuar, seguir
He kept walking.
to have in store
guardar
I always keep a tin of baked beans for emergencies.
to look after or care for
tener; cuidar (un jardín); criar, dedicarse a criar (animales)
She keeps the garden beautifully I think they keep hens.
to remain in good condition
conservar
That meat won’t keep in this heat unless you put it in the fridge.
to make entries in (a diary, accounts etc)
tener; llevar (al día)
She keeps a diary to remind her of her appointments He kept the accounts for the club.
to hold back or delay
retener, entretener
Sorry to keep you.
to provide food, clothes, housing for (someone)
mantener
He has a wife and child to keep.
to act in the way demanded by someone
cumplir
She kept her promise.
keeper noun a person who looks after something, eg animals in a zoo
guarda, guardián
The lion has killed its keeper.
a goalkeeper
portero
The keeper took the goalkick.
keeping noun care or charge
cuidado
The money had been given into his keeping.
keep-fit noun a series or system of exercises, usually simple, intended to improve the physical condition of ordinary people, especially women
ejercicios de mantenimiento
She’s very keen on keep-fit, but it doesn’t do her much good (also adjective) keep-fit exercises.
keepsake /-seik/ noun something given or taken to be kept in memory of the giver
recuerdo
She gave him a piece of her hair as a keepsake.
for keeps permanently
para siempre
You can have this necklace for keeps.
in keeping with suited to
conforme, en armonía con
He has moved to a house more in keeping with his position as a headmaster.
keep away phrasal verb to (cause to) remain at a distance
mantener a distancia
Keep away from the crocodiles – they’re dangerous!
keep back phrasal verb not to (allow to) move forward
mantener atrás
She kept the child back on the edge of the crowd Everybody keep back from the door!
not to tell or make known
ocultar
I feel he’s keeping the real story back for some reason.
not to give or pay out
retener
Part of my allowance is kept back to pay for my meals Will they keep it back every week?
keep one’s distance to stay quite far away
mantenerse a distancia
The deer did not trust us and kept their distance.
keep down phrasal verb not to (allow to) rise up
seguir agachado; sujetar
Keep down – they’re shooting at us!
to control or put a limit on
limitar
They are taking steps to keep down the rabbit population.
to digest without vomiting
mantener en el estómago
He has eaten some food, but he won’t be able to keep it down.
keep one’s end up to perform one’s part in something just as well as all the others who are involved
hacer su parte, hacer la parte que a uno le corresponde
You have to keep your end up and make sure your opinion is heard.
keep from phrasal verb to stop oneself from (doing something)
abstenerse de
I could hardly keep from hitting him.
keep going to go on doing something despite difficulties
seguir
We decided to keep going despite the poor weather.
keep hold of not to let go of
guardar; no perder
She told him to keep hold of her hand while they crossed the road.
keep house (for) to do the cooking, housework etc (for)
cuidar la casa, encargarse de la casa
She keeps house for her brother.
keep in phrasal verb not to allow to go or come out or outside
no dejar salir, hacer quedar
The teacher kept him in till he had finished the work.
to stay close to the side of a road etc.
mantenerse al lado
keep in mind to remember and take into consideration later
tener en mente, recordar, tener en cuenta
Keep in mind that the restaurant gets very busy and you may have to book a table in advance.
keep it up phrasal verb to carry on doing something at the same speed or as well as one is doing it at present
¡sigue así!, ¡ánimo!
Your work is good – keep it up!
keep off phrasal verb to stay away
mantenerse a distancia
There are notices round the bomb warning people to keep off The rain kept off and we had sunshine for the wedding.
to prevent from getting to or on to (something)
no dejar acercarse, no dejar entrar
This umbrella isn’t pretty, but it keeps off the rain.
keep on phrasal verb to continue (doing something or moving)
continuar, seguir
He just kept on going until he was too exhausted to continue. They kept on until they came to a petrol station.
keep oneself to oneself to tell others very little about oneself, and not to be very friendly or sociable
ser reservado, ser discreto
He likes to keep himself to himself.
keep out phrasal verb not to (allow to) enter
no dejar entrar, no dejar pasar
The notice at the building site said ’Keep out!’ This coat keeps out the wind.
keep out of phrasal verb not to become involved in
no entrar en, no meterse en
Do try to keep out of trouble!
keep time (of a clock etc) to show the time accurately
dar bien la hora; estar en hora
Does this watch keep (good) time?
keep to phrasal verb not to leave or go away from
no salir de, no dejar
Keep to this side of the park! We kept to the roads we knew.
keep (something) to oneself not to tell anyone (something)
no decir algo, guardar algo para sí
He kept his conclusions to himself.
keep up phrasal verb (often with with) to move fast enough not to be left behind (by)
seguir
Even the children managed to keep up Don’t run – I can’t keep up with you.
to continue, or cause to remain, in operation
mantener, seguir
I enjoy our friendship and try to keep it up.
keep up with the Joneses /ˈdʒounziz/ to have everything one’s neighbours/neighbors have
no ser menos que los demás
She didn’t need a new cooker – she just bought one to keep up with the Joneses.
keep watch to have the task of staying alert and watching for danger
vigilar, estar en guardia
One of the men kept watch while the other two broke in through a window.
(Definition of keep from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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